DAILY ART FIX: Heritage Auctions returns missing Margaret Keane painting stolen in 1972

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Margaret Keane is notorious as the low brow “big eyes” painter. If you’ve ever seen an image of a cute/sad child with oversized eyes, it’s most likely either Keane or a knockoff. When I first heard about the source of these paintings years ago, her husband Walter Keane was still stealing the credit for the works, but that’s another story.

The value of Keane’s paintings have soared over time, even if it was driven by a sense of irony. Recently, an art theft of an original Keane work got resolved.

On Nov. 14, 1972, a painting by iconic artist Margaret Keane was stolen from a dentist’s office waiting room in Honolulu, and remained missing for nearly 50 years. On Wednesday, Heritage Auctions reunited the lost artwork with its original owners – among them, the woman depicted in the painting as a 7-year-old girl.

Read the full article here: ART DAILY – Heritage Auctions returns missing Margaret Keane painting stolen in 1972


RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

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